I’ve just returned from the south coast of B.C. where spring is arriving. After a week of rain, the weather finally cleared on the last evening before I returned home, so I went for a short walk in the neighborhood. Daffodils and flowers on the fruit trees were starting to open. So for the rest of Canada, spring can’t be too far away. – Leslie
Often photographers will see something that catches their attention and then focus their efforts on that subject. They take a picture or two of it and then they move on to see what else they can find to photograph. Many of us are guilty of doing this, I know that I am and have often wished I could go back to photograph the subject further.
Instead of just moving on, we should fully explore our subjects; use our feet to back away or move forward, walk around your subject, observe the light that falls on it, watch where the shadows fall. Try different compositions using both vertical and horizontal orientation or try low or high angles of view. Sometimes we just don’t have the time to do that, but when we are not pressed for time we should push ourselves further and fully explore our subject to make sure that we have gotten its full potential. – Leslie
During my recent visit with my Dad there were some lilies dropped off for Dad and I to enjoy, here are a couple of images I took of them. Also being the first day of winter we felt it was time for a header change. Leslie
Now that spring is upon us, it really bites that we waited patiently through the winter months and just when we think it’s time for the T-shirts and shorts to come out of storage, we have to go back to the long sleeves and pants or become blood donors to the mosquitoes.
Although we can’t complain too much about the mosquitoes yet, as it is nothing compared to the hoards that we had to deal with in Churchill, Manitoba the end of June, in 1997. When we were there it didn’t take us too long to figure out that we needed a different approach to taking the picture, as there were so many mosquitoes and black flies around the cameras that we were bound to get the bugs showing up in our images. So what we did was to compose the picture, set the self-timer and then walked away drawing the bugs away from the cameras.
So put on the long sleeves and pants, maybe even the bug jacket, and don’t let the blood lusting mosquitoes and other bighting insects keep you from getting out and capturing some great images.